Pimento (or Pimiento) Chili Peppers
Scoville Heat Units: 100 – 500 SHU
The pimento (often spelled pimiento) is also called the cherry pepper. It measures 3-4 inches long and 2-3 inches side. Pimiento translates to “pepper” from Spanish. See the photo below. It is bright red and shaped like a heart. You might be most familiar with the pimento as the famous pepper used to stuff olives.
This pepper is not overly spicy, being rather mild and sweet to the taste. You usually find pimento peppers fresh or pickled. The spice powder, paprika, is made from dried pimento peppers.
When to Buy Pimentos
You can normally find pimentos from late summer through early fall. Pick them when they are deep, deep red and very firm to the touch. They can be stored orpreserved like any other pepper.